The Joint Practice Frame - 1-min

Laying Out Joinery

Lesson Objectives

In this video I’ll be showing you how to accurately mark out the lap joint, dovetail halving joint, bridle joint, and through mortice and tenon joint.

Series Summary

In this short series of videos, you will learn the basic principles behind sizing material, accurate layout, joint cutting, assembly, and finishing. This is a great project to test yourself with to see how your skills progress. Not only in terms of accuracy, but speed as well.

When teaching this project to students, we assess the joints by testing what shims we can fit into the gaps. The criteria is as follows.

If you can fit a shim thicker than 1mm into a gap, it’s a fail

If you can just about squeeze a 1mm shim into the gap, it’s a pass. (This is the thickness of a 30cm / 12 inch Ruler)

If you can fit a 0.5mm shim into the gap, it’s a merit (Usually the thickness of a 15cm / 6 inch Ruler)

Anything tighter than this is deemed to be distinction quality, for a beginner at least. In due course we would expect the joints to be seamless.

Best of luck!

Get the FREE Plans for the Practice Frame here:

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Supporting Material

Click the images below to see supporting material helping you with this part of the project.

Have you got the plans yet?

Package includes working drawings, a cutting list, and a 3d SketchUp model!

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Difficulty Rating: ★★☆☆☆

Difficulty Rating: ★★★☆☆

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